The saying goes that you should never work with children or animals. But of course, that relates to working in entertainment. Some people work with animals as part of their job, and in this case the dangers of working with animals may soon become apparent. We’ve highlighted the main risks here.
What could happen to cause injury?
- Being crushed by livestock. While most farmers and workers will be safe at all times, it is possible for an animal to become aggressive and cause injuries. Crush injuries may occur in such circumstances.
- A lack of proper facilities. Every farm should have appropriate facilities to help move livestock when necessary. A lack of facilities may increase the potential for accidents to occur.
- A lack of regular handling. If an animal has to be handled from time to time, it should get used to being handled by humans regularly. A classic example is a bull, which could potentially become aggressive if it is not used to being in contact with humans. Thus, appropriate preparation should be undertaken.
- Bites. This is perhaps the most obvious thing that might happen. Learning how to handle whatever animals you may come into contact with is very important indeed. It could help mitigate and reduce the risk of bites. A greater understanding of animals – and perhaps of a specific animal – can help enormously.
- A lack of training and awareness. Anyone handling animals of any kind should be trained in how to do so. By receiving training on how to spot signs of distress, injury or other similar situations, any chance of being injured could be reduced. All employers must provide such training if their employees are going to be working closely with animals.
Do you already have experience of the dangers of working with animals?
If you do, you may remember an injury you received in the last three years. Similarly, you may have sustained an injury recently, and in that case you might be wondering whether it could have been prevented. If that is the case, you could have a good argument to put forward for getting compensated for your injuries. The team at Accident Advice Helpline could be well positioned to help you in this respect. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to learn whether we could represent you with one of our experienced lawyers.
Date Published: April 18, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead